Yesterday an amount of money went into my account.
6 Months salary plus a bonus plus my June salary.
That money signifies the end of the day job.
Today I am free of a job I never enjoyed. A job that never really fitted me and the way I work. It wasn’t the company’s fault and it wasn’t my fault. We just didn’t match.
I had reached the point where I spent all of Sunday dreading Monday and something had to change.
Luckily I had an understanding manager and we came to an agreement.
And now I am free!!!
This money, if I’m sensible, represents about a year where I can get by. A year where I should have enough to pay the bills.
For the past month I have been on gardening leave (where you are employed technically but don’t do any work) and so I have been fully focussed on building my Cognitive Hypnotherapy business.
A week ago I went to see the doctor and they asked what my occupation was.
“Cognitive Hypnotherapist” was my very proud answer.
I am now a full time Cognitive Hypnotherapist.
Things have been going really well. Business is building nicely with 1 or 2 new clients a week. And I am hoping to get to the stage soon where all my spending money comes from therapy and the bills get paid out of my leaver payment.
Ultimately, of course, the business will need to sustain everything.
Last week I had made enough from therapy to cover the cost of my Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy. Not bad for 1 month in full time business (and 7 months evenings and weekends)
But there’s a catch you see.
Because Cognitive Hypnotherapy is really, really effective.
I have already signed off about 5 clients who no longer need to see me again. The maximum number of sessions was 5, the minimum 1 and the average is about 2 right now.
That is wonderful because I am changing lives. Permanently. Without creating a dependency on me.
But it’s a terrible business model!
And I know that my business will build through referral. But often therapy isn’t something people boast about a lot. And I do it in such a way as people use their own resources and take a lot of credit for their own improvement. Which is exactly how it should be.
At the end of the day none of that really matters though.
Because I am *so* happy.
I absolutely love doing what I am doing.
I work every day of the week and every hour of the day because it doesn’t matter. I have set up my business to be global. I can do almost as much online via Skype and Facetime as I can face to face now.
In between seeing clients I hang out with the little one.
I honestly can not imagine anything that would make me happier right now than to be doing exactly what I am doing. I can not imagine a better future than the one that is laid out in front of me (other than maybe winning the lottery so income wasn’t as much of a worry!)
So my name is Dawn, and I am a Cognitive Hypnotherapist.